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On Eve of Recall, Walker Booed at Wisconsin State Fair

Tuesday, 09 August 2011 08:19 By Tanya Somanader, ThinkProgress | Report
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Today, Wisconsin voters will head to the polls for the special recall elections of six Republican state senators who supported Gov. Scott Walker's (R) anti-union bill that stripped public workers of collective bargaining rights. While Walker can tread the recall backlash until January of 2012, Wisconsinites are forcing him to face the music now.

Last week, Wisconsin kicked off its 10-day state fair. It's traditional for the governor to herald the fair's opening day. But when Walker took the stage Thursday, he was met with a hail of boos and protests signs. "This is the one place where all across the state where people can actually come together," he tried to shout over the crowd. "At least most people can." As he walked off stage, the crowd chanted "Recall Walker."

Walker seemed to "ignore the jeers," but whenever he graced the stage, the crowd met him with boos and chanting. After his attempt to speak, Walker tried "some chocolate-covered cranberries on a stick — in private."


Tanya Somanader

Tanya Somanader is a Reporter/Blogger for Think Progress and The Progress Report at American Progress. Prior to joining ThinkProgress, Tanya was a staff member in the Office of Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) since 2007 working on issues ranging from foreign policy and defense to civil rights and social policy.

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